Brittney Griner arrived in the U.S. early Friday, landing at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas.
The WNBA star, who was held for months in Russian prisons on drug charges, was released Thursday in a one-for-one prisoner swap for notorious international arms dealer Viktor Bout, bringing an end to an ordeal that sparked intense high-level negotiations between the Washington and the Moscow to secure her freedom.
Roger Carstens, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, tweeted, “So happy to have Brittney back on U.S. soil. Welcome home BG!”
Per standard procedure for freed U.S. prisoners, Griner was expected to quickly undergo a medical evaluation. After the video of her on a plane surfaced, people noticed just how much she looks like Pete Davidson. See below:
Holy cow. Straight up thought this was Pete Davidson https://t.co/M9xAPk9Yb8
— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) December 9, 2022
Gonna tell my kids this is Pete Davidson pic.twitter.com/cA5vzPz9oY
— Tin Investor (@TinInvestor) December 9, 2022
Pete Davidson is not aging well… pic.twitter.com/MgzpbBaKum
— Dr. Literaleigh A. Pheline🇺🇦pa🏳️🌈roh🏳️⚧️dee (@Sarcasmcat24) December 9, 2022
Finally justice for Pete Davidson pic.twitter.com/7iv9b6Wzw8
— Andrew Leonardi 🌴 (@AndrewLeonardii) December 9, 2022
Yo, I was seriously asking myself why they were interviewing Pete Davidson. pic.twitter.com/FZPRUW792U
— Edwinator (@Edwinnator1) December 9, 2022
I really thought that was Pete Davidson at first https://t.co/Dgf1M0ajcQ
— Tzuri (@Vlo_Avlasa_Bo) December 8, 2022
You can’t un-see it now.
Griner, a 32-year-old star center for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, was detained at a Russian airport in February and later pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the discovery of cannabis-derived oil cartridges in her luggage. Griner said she didn’t mean to bring the cartridges with her when she traveled to the country to play in a Russian basketball league during the WNBA offseason.
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